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In this unit, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to identify and analyse practical issues in the complex environment of business consulting. This unit introduces you to the core principles and functions of business consulting and the complex settings within which business consulting takes place. You will develop a critical understanding of a range of theories and concepts that underpin the practice of business consulting, and explore the challenges being faced by professionals in the contemporary business environment. You will also evaluate the implementation of business consulting practices, considering perspectives and expectations of a wide range of stakeholders. The unit will build your knowledge of business consulting theory, and give you a range of practical skills to further your career in the field of business consulting.
Career Level: Postgraduate
Unit Level: Level 8
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
There are no requisites for this unit.
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should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification.
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Offerings For Term 1 - 2022
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Newton, R. (2019). The Management Consultant. 2e. Pearson.
Wickham, L., & Wilcock, J. (2020). Business and Management Consulting: Delivering an effective project. 6e. Pearson.
1 Research Assignment
Consulting business model
This assessment task requires you to deeply consider and prepare your consulting business model. Material covered in the first three weeks will enable you to consider the different approaches that successful consultants have used to shape their particular consulting business model. Using this background and additional journal research, your consulting business model (CBM) will need to elaborate each component as it pertains to leveraging your portfolio of skills and experience in highly prospective target industries/sectors.
This is an individual assessment task.
The submission needs to follow Business Report format and adhere to a length of 1500-words.
Assessment value: 40%
Assessment Due Date
Week 5 Friday (8 Apr 2022) 11:45 pm AEST
Please submit in Moodle (Feedback Studio)
Return Date to Students
Week 7 Friday (29 Apr 2022)
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Your consulting business model (CBM) will be assessed using the following criteria (with marks specified in brackets):
Clear enunciation of the Consulting Business Model (CBM) you propose to use in your selected target market(s) and industry/ies of choice (10%)
Prepare a client empathy map (see Osterwalder & Pigneur (2010) p.131) for the most prospective client/industry (5%)
Specify the essential components of CBM, including your value proposition, that are central to the empathy map (10%)
Identify the CBM components that you will provide, those that will require collaboration, and any that will be contractually outsourced (5%)
What are the competitive advantages your CBM will rely on? (5%)
How will you measure success for the purpose of continuous improvement? (5%)
Understand and demonstrate the skills and abilities required to be a successful business consultant
Analyse the roles and responsibilities of a professional business consultant
Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the range of stakeholders involved with effective business consulting.
Cognitive, technical and creative skills
Ethical and Professional Responsibility
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